Deborra-Lee Furness

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Deborra-Lee Furness

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Deborra-Lee Furness
Deborra-Lee Furness

Furness in 2009
Born (1955-11-30) 30 November 1955 (age 61)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) Hugh Jackman (m. 1996)
Children Ava Eliot Jackman, Oscar Maximilian Jackman[1]

Deborra-Lee Furness (born 30 November 1955)[2][3] is an Australian actress and producer. She is married to the Australian actor Hugh Jackman.

Early life[edit]

Furness was born in Perth, Australia, and raised in Melbourne.[4] She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where she graduated in either 1981[5] or 1982.[4] She performed in the United States on the stage in New York and as Kathleen,[6] the Australian wife of Cole Gioberti (Billy Moses) on the television series Falcon Crest before returning to Australia to continue her acting career.[4]

Furness rose to fame in 1988, when she starred in the movie Shame, for which she won Best Actor awards from the Film Critics Circle of Australia and Golden Space Needle. Other roles included an episode of Halifax f.p. and The Flying Doctors.[7] In 1995, she starred in the title role in the television series Correlli, where she met her future husband, Hugh Jackman.

An adoptive mother of two, Furness is known for her work assisting orphans globally and streamlining international adoptions, especially in her native Australia where she is a patron, and one of the creators, of National Adoption Awareness Week.[7][8][9] She has addressed the National Press Club of Australia on the subject of adoption laws in Australia.[10][11] Furness is a patron of the Lighthouse Foundation for displaced children and International Adoption Families for Queensland.[12][13] She is also a World Vision ambassador and serves on the Advisory Committee for Film Aid International, working with refugees throughout the world.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to fellow actor Hugh Jackman. They met on the set of Australian TV show Correlli in 1995.[16] The ceremony took place on 11 April 1996 at St. John’s in Toorak, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne.[17] After suffering two miscarriages,[16] she adopted two children with Jackman: son Oscar Maximillian (born 15 May 2000)[18] and daughter Ava Eliot (born 10 July 2005).[19]


In 2014, Deborra-Lee Furness was named as the New South Wales Australian of the Year for her work in adoption campaigning.[20][21][22]



Year Film Role Notes
1985 Crossover Dreams Unknown role
1986 Jenny Kissed Me Carol Grey
1986 Cool Change Lee
1986 The Humpty Dumpty Man Carmel DeVries
1987 The Bit Part Acting Teacher
1988 Shame Asta Cadell
1988 Evil Angels Magazine Reporter
1988 Two Brothers Running Silver’s Secretary
1988 Celia Miss Greenaway
1990 The Last of the Finest Linda Daly
1991 Voyager Ivy Also known as Homo Faber
1991 Waiting Diane
1992 Newsies Esther Jacobs
1995 Angel Baby Louise Goodman
1998 The Real Macaw Beth Girdis
2006 Jindabyne Jude
2008 Sleepwalking Danni
2009 Beautiful Mrs. Thomson
2009 Blessed Tanya
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole Barran Voice role
2014 Dukale’s Dream Herself Documentary


Year Film Role Notes
1975 Division 4 Junior 1 Episode: “The Human Factor”
1979 Prisoner Connie 3 episodes; one uncredited role
1983 Kings Unknown role
1985 Neighbours Linda Fielding 5 episodes
1985 The Flying Doctors Fran TV miniseries
1985 Glass Babies Joan Simpson Television film
1987 Falcon Crest Kathleen Episode: “The New Faces”
1987 The Flying Doctors Sapphire Episode: “Sapphire”
1987 A Matter of Convenience Valma Television film
1988 Act of Betrayal Kathy Television film
1993 Stark Chrissie 3 episodes
1993 Singapore Sling Annie Television film
1994 G.P. Kate Morrison Episode: “All of Me”
1995 Halifax f.p. Brigit Grant Episode: “The Feeding”
1995 Correlli Louisa Correlli 5 episodes
1995–1996 Fire Dolores Kennedy 17 episodes
1997 Roar Agrona Episode: “The Cage”
2000 SeaChange Vicki Drury Episode: “Hungi Jury”
2010 This Is Your Life Herself
2011 Kimchi Chronicles Herself
2013 Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices Episode: “Primal Perry”



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